Kimchi & Calamari

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 240 pages
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Kimchi and calamari. It sounds like a quirky food fusion of Korean and Italian cuisine, and it's exactly how Joseph Calderaro feels about himself. Why wouldn't an adopted Korean drummer—comic book junkie feel like a combo platter given:

(1) his face in the mirror

(2) his proud Italian family.

And now Joseph has to write an essay about his ancestors for social studies. All he knows is that his birth family shipped his diapered butt on a plane to the USA. End of story. But what he writes leads to a catastrophe messier than a table of shattered dishes—and self-discovery that Joseph never could have imagined.


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User Review  - sweetiegherkin - LibraryThing

Fourteen-year-old Joseph was born in Korea and adopted as a baby by an Italian-American couple. This usually doesn't seem to bother him much but when first his teacher assigns a research project into ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marared9 - LibraryThing

A decent read about a kid adopted transnationally from Korea by an Italian family in New Jersey. Kid searches for his ethnic and family identity, etc. I found it interesting because of the subject ... Read full review


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Rose Kent turned to kids for help in writing this novel—her own kids, since all four have Korean heritage and two are adopted. She and her family live in Niskayuna, New York, where they have frequent flyer points at Korean restaurants and Italian bakeries. This is her first novel.

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